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Changing of the Guard

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East Lawn, Rideau Hall | Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
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A fun ceremony.

We saw this on a perfect sunny day. It's about 20 minutes long. The kids might get bored. But... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Canadian Summer Tradition!

Catch the thrilling spectacle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Come early (9:45 am) to learn... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
Port Perry, Canada
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Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill that shouldn't be missed.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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East Lawn, Rideau Hall | Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
Byward Market Area
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

We saw this on a perfect sunny day. It's about 20 minutes long. The kids might get bored. But for those who love pomp and ceremonies, you will love it. And it's free! They explained it over a microphone in both French and English as...More

Thank F4981JCmichaels
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Catch the thrilling spectacle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Come early (9:45 am) to learn about the symbolism, history and proceedings of this free ceremony. Changing the Guard takes place on the East Lawn of Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Canada, every morning, beginning...More

1  Thank debrakgrose
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Although it is great to hear the marching band.....best part of the ceremony actually. The rest of the ceremony is filled with pomp and circumstance which is good, however it is rather long. I would suggest taking it in just to say you have seen...More

1  Thank Nicola B
Reviewed 5 August 2017

An impressive military ceremony on the lawn of Parliament, complete with military band pipes and drums. There is a brief description give in both English and French for every stage of the ceremony. Ceremony starts at 10am

Thank Coreen T
Reviewed 4 August 2017

This is a must see and a very entertaining part of our countries tradition. To watch the military traditions that have been practiced for overy a century is both beautiful and interesting.

Thank Gail S
Reviewed 2 August 2017

The pomp is interesting and unique to view. Announcers provide a bit of explanation in both English and French to what visitors see on the field in front of the Parliament. This 10 am ceremony lasts about 1/2 hour and is weather dependent--rain and wool...More

1  Thank jbwhitehouse
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Went to parliament square for the FREE military display at 10am. Apparently it is done every day during the summer. There was a nice marching brass band. The inspection of the troops dragged on a bit, by hey its free. There are lots of space...More

Thank hickmagp
Reviewed 10 November 2016

This is always a popular attraction for tourists! I myself am a Canadian and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the guards marching around in their bear hats, and trumpeting their instruments! The music is always so upbeat and patriotic! It always makes me feel proud to...More

Thank N Y
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Show up early to parliament and be entertained by the daily ritual. Something you should make the time to see on your visit. Takes approximately 30 minutes

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Twice this year, we brought different visitors from out of town with very young children who had never seen he parade and ceremony downtown. As you can imagine, this involves getting the kids ready, leaving in time to find parking, paying for parking downtown and...More

6  Thank BrianinOttawa
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susan d
25 September 2016|
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Response from Roberto S | Reviewed this property |
from their website": June 25 – August 26, 2017 Every summer morning Parliament Hill is alive with music and colourful drills. The Changing of the Guard began as a morning routine on the Hill in 1959, and has turned into an... More
4 June 2016|
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Response from rowan008 | Reviewed this property |
The changing of the guard happens everyday during the week around 10am I believe